A few hours Nice in France came under Terrorist attack. More than 80 people have been killed. Here is the snapshot of the developments so far:
• A truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day along the seaside promenade in Nice, France, on Thursday night at around 10:30 p.m.
• At least 80 people were killed and dozens of others injured in the incident, which is being treated as a terrorist attack. The victims had been watching fireworks along the boardwalk and were milling around following the show.
• French President Francois Hollande said during a televised address early Friday that he would convene an emergency meeting with his Interior Ministry in Paris before travelling to Nice later on Friday.
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• Hollande said he would request a three-month extension of the state of emergency put into effect following the Paris terror attack in November.
• A counter-terrorism group from within the Paris prosecutor’s office has taken over the investigation into the incident.
• French media report an ID found in the truck suggests the driver had dual French-Tunisian citizenship and was 31 years old.
• Police killed the driver of the truck, and are investigating if he had accomplices.
• Witnesses say the truck driver was firing a gun as he zigzagged through the crowd.
• Authorities say the truck was loaded with grenades.
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• Police have advised residents of Nice to remain in their homes, requests made for blood donations.
• World leaders have condemned the attack.
• U.S. President Barack Obama condemned “what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack.”
• U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the attack makes her “sick at heart,” while Republican Donald Trump called the attack “horrible.”
• U.S. working to determine if “any U.S. citizens were injured in the event.” The U.S. consulate in Marseille has asked any U.S. citizens in Nice to contact their family members and inform them that they are safe from harm.
• The U.N., in a statement, condemned the attack as “barbaric and cowardly.”
(Published with permission from VoaNews)